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The evil was spawned in a... GARDEN OF SHADOWS,
By A Customer
This review is from: Garden of Shadows (Dollanganger) (Mass Market Paperback)
The one liner above this sentence is what immediately caught my attention at the bookstore a few months ago.
Okay, so let me get this straight:
Within "FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC", you meet the most perfect heroine you'd ever expect. Her name is Cathy. Her mother is a selfish, elusively beautiful woman with many terrible secrets that should have forever been locked away, or else let go of, if that was possible. And because of Corrine's (her mother) conceited, selfish ways she led her children up to a malicious attic where they had nothing to embrace but the dusty darkness....and each other....(THAT'S RIGHT!)
In "Petals on the Wind", they barely managed to escape the certain fate that one of their siblings had never recovered from, and because of their shameful past and shattered innocence, the children were swept into the loving arms of a parent that dared to love them a thousand more breaths then Corrine ever did! Yet that still didn't stop the past from continuing its dark legacy in the Dollangangers' lives....
In "If There Be Thorns", the evil past grew despite Cathy and Chris's attempts to stop it, and in the final haunting novel of the Dollanganger Series, "Seeds of Yesterday", the past is monstrous in its enraged fury, leading to an unescapable path for the Dollangangers, unless their family finally banishes the evil forever...if that's possible....
And now, when I have regretfully finished the last book of the series, I was fortunate to come across a copy at a bookstore (whenever I go to a bookstore, they're either sold out or they don't have it) of the prelude to this shocking series.
And as I picked this book up, I turned the pages, one after another, bought it, and read it at home.
I loved it. Is just as devastating, emotional, and as remorseful as hell. This was disturbing, stunning, and beautifully put together. Yet, I am confused by many thoughts that won't go away in my mind.
Olivia ("THE Grandmother") was given such a harsh life, one that was greatly portraited in this novel, but how can her stories contradict Corrine's and Corrine's contradict her mother's?
It's very confusing, and though the questions will never be answered, I loved this book.